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My 97 accord won't start with ignition switch,but will start if you bridge solenoid . Could this be a fuse or relay? Thanks in advance

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  • roe999 Dec 18, 2008

    yes,it clicks when you try to engage starter.

  • roe999 Dec 19, 2008

    The battery is new,engine won't turn over with ignition switch,makes 1 click. If you bridge the solenoid it will start right up.
    How do i identify the relays any numbers?

  • dimo65
    dimo65 May 11, 2010

    Do you hear a cliscking noise when the key is turned to the start position?



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Check the voltage going to the starter. In most cars it needs to at least 9 or 10 volts. If it is in the low end of the range it might be the battery is starting to loose its ability to hold a charge. If the voltage is 10 or greater, then you probably need a new starter.

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    dimo65 Dec 19, 2008

    The battery might be defective (unlikely, but it has happened to me). There might be a short in the alternator, battery, starter, ignition circuit somewhere. Or voltage might be getting lost in the starter. Have you tried lightly banging on the starter with a hammer? If this works then you starter is on its way out. You might get by a few more weeks, but it will eventually lose all its functionality.

    Also make sure the correct voltage is getting to the starter. It might be a fuse. The fuses are labeled, there is often one for the ignition. I am not certain of how your car is wired. Is the car an automatic or manual transmission?



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((real old cars had buttons, pedals... and yes cranks)).

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